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Civil War 150th Anniversary Sesquicentennial
Program of Events, March—May 2011

You are respectfully invited to honor the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War in a series of programming throughout Andover.

Memorial Hall Library

In April, 1866, following the Civil War, the town of Andover voted to raise $4,500 to build a Civil War monument. Andover mill owner John Smith gave $25,000 toward the building of a combination Civil War memorial and library, with the proviso that the money be matched—which it was through gifts and the Civil War monument fund. Mr. Smith suggested the Elm Square location where Joseph Abbott's furniture shop stood until it burned in 1866.

Memorial Hall Library opened on Memorial Day, May 30, 1873, with a procession, including a brass band, and a speech by the well-known Reverend Phillips Brooks, descendent of a prominent Andover family. Within the Hall, marble tablets list men who fought, and 51 who died, for the preservation of the Union. The names of all of the Andover men enrolled in the Army and Navy during the "War of the Rebellion" were placed in a box within the cornerstone.

Memorial Hall's Civil War artifacts, books, and portraits were later joined by a G.A.R. banner, an original Lincoln drawing, and anti-slavery material. The books have been relocated for preservation purposes. The Hall remains Andover's Civil War memorial, the place to show schoolchildren and adults the sacrifice of the people of Andover and the role they played in the Civil War.

Sally Matson as Susan B. Anthony
Photo credit: Wendy Cahill

Susan B. Anthony: The Invincible!

Sunday, March 20 at 2:00 pm
Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St.
Register online or call 978-623-8401 x31

Celebrate Women's History Month and the Civil War Sesquicentennial with abolitionist, suffragist, and women's rights activist, Susan B. Anthony.

Using Susan B. Anthony's own words-her fiery speeches, humorous letters, and revealing diary entries, Andover resident, Sally Matson has woven together a story filled with wit and emotion that includes the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, the 13th-15th Amendments, and Anthony's arrest and trial for voting illegally.

Addy's American Girl Tea Party

Thursday, March 24 from 3:30-5:00 pm
Andover Historical Society, 97 Main St.
Cost: $15 per child (ages 7-11), $10 per adult
Register online or call 978-475-2236

It's been 150 years since the Civil War. Learn what life was like for Addy and other children of the mid-19th century while hearing the unique stories of Andover and the heroes that lived here.  Join in making special crafts, playing games, and sitting down for a delightful tea party.

An Exploration of Civil War Narratives

Thursday, March 24 at 6:30 pm
Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, 180 Main St.
Register online or call 978-623-8401 x31

What stories can Civil War images tell? How do contemporary artworks in the Addison's collection complement historic images to offer multiple narratives about the Civil War? Join us at the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy for exploration and discussion of relationships between historic and contemporary works that speak to this seminal event in United States history.  The exploration includes close up viewing of Alexander Gardner's photographic albums, illustrations by Winslow Homer, and artworks by Kara Walker in the Addison's the new Museum Learning Center.

Life on the MississippiMark Twain's Life on the Mississippi: A look at pre-Civil War America

Tuesdays, April 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 1:00-2:30 pm
Andover Senior Center, 30 Whittier Court, 978-623-8321
Cost: $16 Register at the Andover Senior Center

Explore our coming of age in literature, economics, and world history. This lecture and discussion will focus on Twain's years on the river as a riverboat pilot, the happiest time of his life. Suggested source: Signet Classic Edition ($4.95). ISBN 9780553213492.  During four sessions we will discuss Ch. IV-XIII; Ch. XIV-XXII; Ch. XXVIII-XXXVII; and Ch. XLI-LII. Ned Martin, instructor.

Abby Locke's Splendid Days: A Teenager's Diary in 1860s Andover

Tuesday, April 5 at 7:00 pm
Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St.

2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War as well as the Locke family's arrival in Andover. This theatrical presentation of Abby Locke's diary entries (begun when she was 14 years old) will provide a fresh perspective on the daily life of a teenage girl during the Civil War era.

Andover in the mid 1800s was a strict and conservative town, but the Lockes were among those in town who were more tolerant and cosmopolitan in their attitudes. Abby's diary describes the social activities, the clothes and, of course, the boys that fill her "splendid" days.

Steve Wood as Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln Returns

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Register online or call 978-623-8401 x31

Steve Wood returns to Andover by popular demand to perform his first-person historical interpretation of Abraham Lincoln's life.

This program will feature anecdotes from Lincoln's early years, his adult life, and events that led to the Civil War.

Steve and his wife Sharon have been recognized by the Association of Lincoln Presenters as the "Best Abraham and Mary Lincoln Team" for 2003 and 2006. Steve took second place in the Hodgenville, KY "Lincoln Look-Alike Contest" in 2000.

Team of RivalsTeam of Rivals Book Discussion

Thursday, April 7 from 1:00-2:30 pm
Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St.
Register online or call 978-623-8401 x31

Bring a bag lunch, and discuss Doris Kearns Goodwin's book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Desserts will be provided. Come for the discussion even if you don't finish the book.

Gone with the  WindGone with the Wind

Mondays, April 11, 25, & May 2 at 1:00 pm
Andover Senior Center, 30 Whittier Court, 978-623-8321

This epic Civil War film has been recently restored and supplemented with a documentary of its development. For three weeks enjoy commentary by local film buff Steve Levine. Frankly, my dear, you will give a damn!

Michael Pierson
Photo credit: Daniel Paier

On the Brink of Civil War: Fort Sumter at 150

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St.

On the 150th anniversary of the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter, the first official act of violence in the Civil War, we will consider how the U.S. got to the point of war. We will look at the motives of Confederates and will consider how the North reacted to secession and this ultimate act of defiance to U.S. authority, the firing on the U.S. flag at Fort Sumter.

Presented by Michael Pierson, Associate Professor, UMass Lowell Department of History.

Grand Old Army 38 Star Banner
Grand Old Army 38 Star Banner Incorporation of William F. Bartlett Post 99, 4/18/1881. Conserved in 2002. Memorial Hall Library

Tour of the Civil War Memorial in Memorial Hall Library

Wednesday, April 13 at 1:00 pm and
Tuesday, April 19 at 9:00 am
Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St.

Tour Memorial Hall to see the artifacts and memorabilia including swords and holders, guns, and anti-slavery banners. View the memorial plaques, portraits, and a rare drawing of Abraham Lincoln.

Civil War Life and Medicine

Wednesday, April 27 at 12:00 pm
Andover Senior Center, 30 Whittier Court, 978-623-8321
Cost: $2 Register at the Andover Senior Center

This film, made during Civil War re-enactments in Lexington and Concord, covers life in a civil war camp and medical treatment for troops. Infused with civil war-period music, it explores women's roles in battles against the British. Dan Trembley, filmmaker.  Please bring a brown bag lunch. Dessert and beverage included.

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